Tonight is magical. [Tuesday, August 20 7:30 AM to 6:15 PM mile 1098 – 1970] I am camping below the South sister and she is beautiful! So magnificent. A red-topped rounded and curved mountain with a few glacier patches, so magnificent. Great views of her about 5 miles into camp through a glorious rich meadow with a lava rock mesa lining the trail to the right just before South Sister. I am camping with Bluebird and ?, a sectioning couple and Songbird and Banana Ripper again. There is water here from a glacial Volcanic Creek. First creek water since mount Thielsen, and it is so cold! The coldest water to date. Great treat for the sore feet at the end of the day. I also got to wash myself and my clothes, which was nice. Great drinking too. 🙂
I ate dinner while admiring the South Sister. Here are thoughts from today:
– Tons of day and section hikers and Boy Scouts
– Lots of lakes in the forest this morning, and afternoon climb up to see the Sisters
– Feet felt pretty good until mile 20
– Met South-bounder named Reach who said Washington is fabulous 🙂
– Sisters Mirror Lake is very pretty, great meadows, and love the colors of the lava rocks in the creek bed.
August 22 Thursday here at Bend and Sisters mile 1989-1998 equals 9 miles
Today went pretty smoothly considering it was a blurry whirlwind race around town to get all of my stuff done. I still didn’t get it all done, but most, and didn’t over spend on cash luckily. The bummer of the day – no town meals and I lost my spork and PCT bandanna. I think I just left my sport at the motel 6, but I think the cleaners didn’t give me back my bandanna because I’m sure it was in the dirty laundry bag I gave them. Oh well I can get both replaced. The Spork is easy – tomorrow I will just go to Big Lake Youth Camp 1 mile off trail. It’s a hiker friendly resupply joint anyway. I’ll get another bandanna.
So I woke up at 7:30 AM, made some plans for the day and walked to the nearest laundry facility – a cleaner. Kathy’s Cleaners, the nicest friendliest, swankiest one I’ve ever been to! They washed my clothes for six dollars and got them the cleanest they have ever been! YAY! So I tipped them two dollars. Then it started to rain so I decided I would rent a bike at one of the bike shops nearby so I wouldn’t have to walk everywhere or wait for the bus – not enough time – very big spread-out town. So for $25 I got a nice cruiser and road 2 miles to the REI = The whole reason for going to bend at all. Got my stuff there, new insoles, mittens and some food. Rode back to get my laundry then back to motel 6 to pack and check out. Then over to Safeway to get my food: five days; two days; 3 1/2 days. Then finally back over to the bike shop by 2:30 PM where a local trail angel gave me a ride to Sisters to mail my packages to Timberline and Stehekin, and then to the trailhead. A very nice guy named Doug – very much appreciated. Started hiking at 4 PM – raining softly due to a large thunderstorm system. Camped by 6:45 PM because I found a nice campsite not raining but damp and cool and cloudy still. Entered Mount Washington Wilderness – it’s thundering right now! Alone. My whole town stop was alone, no other hikers around or with me. Hopefully tomorrow I can meet up with some at Big Lake. Kind of lonely tonight – just feel blah. Tomorrow will be better! Love, Jamie